Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Drifting In And Out” by Porcelain Raft from the 2012 album Strange Weekend on Secretly Canadian.
Porcelain Raft is the latest project of Italian-born musician Mauro Remiddi, who, prior to adopting the stage name, played music all over the world and in a number of different capacities, from performing as a part of a circus troupe, to scoring an award-wining short film, to playing piano off Broadway. As Porcelain Raft, Remiddi has honed his focus into songwriting and recording for an audience, and has released a number of EPs over the past few years. Strange Weekend, released by Secretly Canadian on January 28, is his full-length debut. Remiddi’s music is characterized by a swirling spaciness that can be effect-laden and intense, or incredibly stark and intimate, and most of his lyrics reflect the music’s sense of cosmic suspension. On today’s featured song, “Drifting In and Out,” he sings “Take me away, directionless / It doesn’t have to make any sense” amidst drawn-out, languorous effects and heavy delay. Remiddi’s ethereal voice may lead listeners to believe that a female is contributing the vocals, but the album was recorded by Remiddi alone, in a soundproofed basement in Brooklyn.
Porcelain Raft will begin a European tour with M83 on February 12. For more info, click here. Remiddi, who has collaborated with a number of video artists in the past, has a good deal of experience translating his music to the visual. Below is the video for “Unless You Speak From Your Heart,” the first single from Strange Weekend: